Fleur Bluemay-Ode, 1969
Meret Oppenheim was born in Berlin in 1913 and lived between Paris, Bern and Basel, where she died in 1985. She is principally known for her teacup Déjeuner en fourrure (Created in 1936 and conserved in the MoMA in New York) and the portraits of her done by Man Ray. Oppenheim left a heterogenic body of work made up of drawings, oil paintings, jewellery and ironic assemblages of objects. Her work was fed by her dreams. While living in Paris she became close with André Breton and Max Ernst and participated in several surrealist exhibitions. In 1959, after a marriage and years of inactivity, she organized a dinner-performance entitled Le Festin in Bern, where the guests ate off the body of a naked woman. She also published a number of poems. Her first retrospective exhibition was held at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1967 and was followed by other important exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1984), the Kunstforum in Vienna and the Musée d’Art Moderne in Villeneuve d’Ascq (2014).